Canopy HealthTech Executive Director

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

ID: 7102504 (Ref.No. ta221494)
Posted: June 14, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description


The Canopy HealthTech Executive Director will lead the strategy, implementation, and day-to-day operations for the Tulsa Innovation Labs Canopy HealthTech Program. The Program Director reports to the Tom Love Innovation Hub Executive Director and indirectly to the Tulsa Innovation Labs Virtual Health Manager. This position is a key member of the Tom Love Innovation Hub team. The Director works in a fast paced and unstructured environment that interfaces with research, technology and business worlds. The Director must demonstrate a significant leadership role in this position by the development, promotion and execution of a complex interdisciplinary program. A major effort for this position requires the ability to coach and mentor academic faculty on the requirements and realities of the business world involving the commercialization of virtual health technology. Another important effort for this position is to drive collaboration across the Canopy HealthTech partnership including the Tulsa Innovation Labs, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, and 36 North. This is a senior level position that provides the opportunity to leverage new and existing relationships, evaluate new technologies and assess new business opportunities while developing relationships with outside investors and industry to sustain the program's funding. Canopy HealthTech will establish a key component of the infrastructure necessary to connect virtual health technologists with needed resources to launch start-ups. After a competitive application process, Canopy HealthTech will accelerate commercialization for participant teams by providing product development funding, active project management, entrepreneurial training, and commercialization mentorship. This mentorship will be provided by a diverse group of medical technology executives. As these projects transition from academia to venture creation, Canopy HealthTech will establish a soft landing for them in Tulsa.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

Program Management:

  • Supervise the Canopy HealthTech staff and daily activities of Canopy HealthTech.
  • Lead engineering and clinical faculty to develop and present to the Oversight Committee (OC) research grant applications that are translational in nature and that can result in new or improved medical products.
  • After the selection of 5-8 projects on an annual basis, work with the project faculty, Canopy HealthTech team, Tom Love Innovation Hub Executive Director, and OC to ensure the attainment of project goals and critical milestones toward financing and commercialization of products
  • Act as a primary connection for Canopy HealthTech Program to resources across Oklahoma’s entrepreneurial ecosystem that can ensure the success of each project.
  • In conjunction with the University partners (e.g. University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University), provide guidance and oversight to ensure the proper intellectual property strategy is executed for each project
  • Work with Tom Love Innovation Hub and collaborators to build awareness and foster collaborations among the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, Law, Business, etc. at each partner University to develop potential participants in Canopy HealthTech.
  • Leverage translational research programs, like Coulter Programs, at selected schools in order to share best practices, identify mutually beneficial resources.
  • Initiate and sustain the importance of the Program at the Universities to ensure the appropriate visibility and sustainability among the administration, faculty, and local economic development resources
  • Promote appropriate projects to the angel and venture capital community with the goal of providing follow up financing and commercialization


  • Prepare quarterly progress reports, presentations to the philanthropic supporters of Canopy HealthTech and other reporting requirements as need.
  • Meet with the University Presidents, Deans of Engineering and Medicine, and members of the Oversight Committee to give program updates.
  • Write and edit communication material (print and web) that provides information to potential investigators (applicants) and corporate/foundation partners. The purpose of this “external” material is to increase participation of clinical practitioners as investigators and to inform potential commercial partners about opportunities
  • Write and edit communication material such as annual reports and status updates. The purpose of this “internal” communication is to inform the sponsors and external advisory board members of progress in meeting the overall goals of Canopy HealthTech.
  • Prepare materials for presentation at meetings of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, other funders, external advisory board, and other venues.

Public Event Presences and Speaking:

  • Represent Canopy HealthTech, Tom Love Innovation Hub, and University of Oklahoma at local, national, and international Biotech events and conferences.
  • Speaking engagements when requested.
  • Business and Funding coach for area start-up companies and angel investors.
  • Design and plan training seminars for faculty to educate them on commercialization of virtual health technology.
  • Collaborate with staff from the University Advancement offices to plan and implement fundraising events to help increase awareness of Canopy HealthTech and its benefit to campus efforts to receive continued support for the program.

Fiscal Control:

  • Work with grants managers in departments that receive awards to create new budgets.
  • Educate investigators and department fiscal/grants staff about reporting requirements and answer questions related to awards and allowable costs.
  • Prepare financial reports and projections as needed.
  • Authorize expenditures on investigator projects (sub-budgets) per established criteria.
  • Purchase goods and services for program operations.
  • Review and monitor expenditures on administrative and investigators’ project budgets.

Job Requirements


Required Education: Masters' degree in a related field, AND: 

  • 60 months of related experience.


  • Manage a commercialization program within a university.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and promote complex business and scientific projects successfully
  • Sensitivity to the differences in culture between the academic and industrial environment
  • Complex program management experience, preferably in an academic or non-profit environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Professional demeanor and demonstrated ability to work with clinical, research and instructional faculty, staff and industry partners.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks and complete work on time.
  • Willingness to learn new business processes and adapt to changes.
  • Highly receptive to feedback and coaching
  • Possess confidence, patience, and flexibility in a rapidly evolving environment
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple projects, often with shifting priorities and requiring collaboration across many departments
  • Ability to work independently with modest supervision
  • Demonstrate curiosity, creativity, drive for excellence and attention to detail


  • None

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to engage in repetitive motions.
  • Ability to communicate verbally in order to express oneself and exchange detailed information with others.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Frequent exposure to pressure caused by deadlines and busy periods.
  • Requires contact with other departments and university officials.

Departmental Preferences:

  • Law Degree, MBA, or STEM field (e.g. Engineering) Masters or PhD
  • At least 5 years of experience leading or managing an early stage business or business unit

Supervision: Executive Director will supervise up to five employees including prospective team members in Tulsa and possibly some student employees

Special Instructions:

Diversity Statement

  • The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

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  • The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.